How World of Warcraft can get you a job

Elizabeth Short, a graduate student in industrial-organizational psychology, poses in front of her World of Warcraft character. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Elizabeth Short, a graduate student in industrial-organizational psychology, poses in front of her World of Warcraft character. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

“Stop playing that stupid video game and get a job.”

It’s a sentiment expressed by generations of parents since Pong began invading unsuspecting households in 1975. But what if that “stupid game” could help you get a job, and what if that same game could make you a valuable team member once you had the job?

A new study by researchers at Missouri S&T found that World of Warcraft (WoW) gamers who were successful working as a team in “raids” had qualities that psychological studies have shown to translate to success on virtual workplace teams. [Read more…]

S&T awards first master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology

Cheyenne Kovach

Cheyenne Kovach. Photo by Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri University of Science and Technology will award its first master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology on Saturday, May 14. [Read more…]

S&T offers master’s in industrial-organizational psychology

To help meet the growing need for human resources and talent management professionals, Missouri University of Science and Technology is offering a new master of science degree program in industrial-organizational psychology beginning spring 2014. The program was approved by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education in December. [Read more…]